: I often sit back and think, I wish I'd done that, and find out later that I already have.
Richard St John Harris was born to a farming family, one of nine children.
He attended Crescent College and was an excellent rugby player, with a strong passion for literature. Unfortunately, a bout of tuberculosis as a teenager ended his aspirations to a rugby career, but he became fascinated with the theatre and skipped a local dance one night to attend a performance of "Henry IV". He was hooked and went on to learn his craft at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), then spent several years in stage productions.
He debuted on screen in Shake Hands with the Devil and quickly scored regular work in films, including The Wreck of the Mary Deare, A Terrible Beauty and a good role as a frustrated Australian bomber pilot in The Guns of Navarone.